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Open Research Position

Doctoral Researcher in Social Psychology (m, f, d)
(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 65%)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for a doctoral position in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies. Employment is offered until December 31st, 2023 starting March 1st, 2020.

Research Environment and Tasks: Research in the CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies pertains to the interaction with Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) as artificial bodies moving in real or virtual environments ( Interdisciplinary research in the CRC is guided by two leading questions to ultimately ensure smooth and efficient encounters between humans and embodied technologies in hybrid societies: What is required so that humans can coordinate with EDTs as smoothly as with conspecifics? How to design EDTs to meet these requirements? Cooperating researchers from psychology, engineering, computer science, human movement science, linguistics and gesture studies, sociology, law studies, physics, and mathematics scientifically inquire the interaction of humans with EDTs from the level of single actions up to the attribution of intentionality.

In project TechnoSapiens: Perceptions and Stereotyping of Bionic Body Restauration and Augmentation we aim to analyze the self- and other-perception of users of EDTs as additions to or substitutes for their body parts (e.g., bionic prostheses) and how such EDTs change social interactions among users and non-users of this technology. We test hypotheses regarding the (stereotypic) perception of bionic EDTs on the fundamental dimensions of social perception, the underlying process of changes in this perception, and the nonverbal displays of warmth and competence. As the availability of EDTs is limited, large-scale experiments regarding the perception of bionic EDTs can only be conducted using VR/AR technologies, which will be developed in the project by research team members from computer science in close collaboration with the psychologists.

The successful applicant will be responsible for planning, conducting, and reporting interviews with users of bionic devices and their acquaintances, survey studies with users and non-users of EDTs, and experimental studies in laboratory as well as in virtual reality settings as part of a research team.
Researchers in the CRC Hybrid Societies contribute to the CRC’s joint research activities and actively participate, for instance, in research colloquia, lecture series, and workshops. The doctoral position includes the enrollment in the CRC's doctoral program.


  • University degree (Master/Diploma or equivalent) in Psychology
  • Expertise in Social Psychology (preferably social cognition, intergroup relations)
  • Strong background in experimental and survey research
  • Strong knowledge in qualitative (content analysis) and quantitative data analysis
  • Strong motivation for contributing to science in interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken)

Application procedure:
Applicants should send their complete application documents including a motivation letter (1 page) with a brief description of personal qualifications and research interests, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, a publication list if applicable, and abstracts of Bachelor- and Master-/diploma theses (1-2 pages) preferably as a single pdf-file via email (stating: “CRC1410_B03_psych”) to . The closing date for applications is February 12th 2020. Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.

Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences – Institute of Psychology
Prof. Dr. Frank Asbrock (Professorship of Social Psychology) and
Prof. Dr. Bertolt Meyer (Professorship of Work and Organizational Psychology)
09107 Chemnitz

Chemnitz University of Technology is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity. To increase the number of women working in science and teaching, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if equally qualified.

Employment will be governed by the provisions of the German law on fixed-term contracts in academia (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

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